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Lanna7345@cs.com
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what do you think about...
      #18157 - 06/02/01 07:36 PM

When you hear that someone has AIDS what do you think?
What did, if you have AIDS, think when you first got diagnosed with AIDS!?
Please answer these questions to further my knowledge about the AIDS virus
thank you...



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Re: what do you think about... new
      #18243 - 06/06/01 02:31 PM

Hey Lanna,

I'm not a teen, but I notice that no one has answered your question, so I will try to put some answers here for you.

Your first question "When you hear that someone has AIDS what do you think?" I think there are two differences.. when someone has HIV and when someone has AIDS. I feel these two things are very different. I'm HIV positive, but I don't have AIDS and hopefully never will. For me things have changed. Back in the 80's hearing that someone had HIV or AIDS would cause me to be sad because I'd feel they were going to die soon. But with today's medicine HIV is no longer a death sentence, so while it's still sad, it's not as scarry as it once was.

For your second question "What did, if you have AIDS, think when you first got diagnosed with AIDS" When I was first diagnosed as being HIV Positive it didn't really hit me that hard. I guess it's something that I had always prepared myself for. I wasn't happy about it, but also knew that I had made choices in my life and had opened myself up to it. I guess for me now the hardest thing is trying to get back into a relationship. I was in a long term relationship up to recently. It's hard now to get back in.. It's hard enough to find someone that you are attracted to and want to be with romantically, but then to also want to find someone that is also positive. I know that I don't have to limit myself to only positive people, but I don't know how well I would ever handle infecting someone that I loved. Because of that, I tend to stay away from negative guys.

Well I hope that helps you some.

Gregg





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Re: what do you think about... new
      #18326 - 06/11/01 12:48 PM

I think only that they got infected with HIV. That they have a tough road to travel. That it's too bad more people are getting infected! That we have failed with our prevention efforts. That sexual activity is complicated and lots of people don't understand how dangerous unprotected sex is. That lots of people have no control over their sex life.





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